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$1500 System, First Build, Need thoughts & Criticism!

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January 7, 2013 1:04:43 AM

Need some opinions and/or constructive criticism on my below build. This is the very first PC I'm going to attempt to build myself and I'm excited about this project.

I've done a lot of research in terms of CPU/MOBO/GPU, but Memory/Storage/PSU are really leaps of faith based on user reviews. I know the case is expensive and I'm certain I'd be more than happy with some of the $50-75 cases...but I really like the appearance of the NZXT Switch 810 in white and since this is a personal build I'm willing to spend a little more for this particular case.

Does this look like a legit build? What kind of fans do people recommend? I want to add some ambient light (Green) inside the case and possibly green LED fans if possible. This system is going in my man-cave and I rock a Boston Celtic theme. Performance wise I'm playing Planetside 2 most recently so I'm thinking this setup will really give me a boost.

My current system is Q6600 2.4Ghz Quad Core, Nvidia 8800 GT 512MB, 4GB DDR3, and still running Windows XP SP2!

Let me know what you think!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/whuy
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/whuy/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/whuy/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($397.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Wired Standard Keyboard ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1569.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 21:46 EST-0500)
January 7, 2013 1:18:55 AM

Just added a i5 3570k
And heres a Good Deal
But you really Need such a Expensive Case? Because it isn't worth it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($395.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Wired Standard Keyboard ($63.70 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1413.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 7, 2013 2:42:03 PM

Thanks for the advice. I've started to look at other cases to try and save it least $50, but hopefully more. I also altered for the i5 3570k to save addtional.
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January 8, 2013 7:41:38 AM

How about the case I mentioned above.
It looks cool. You can get a Nvidia\AMD Version too.
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January 8, 2013 8:29:00 AM

Maybe you could go have a look at the corsair carbide/graphite/low end obsidian cases. If you like understated looks, these are great.
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January 8, 2013 9:59:36 AM

You don't need more than 8GB in gaming build, also I like this case more;
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($148.15 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Wired Standard Keyboard ($57.28 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1348.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 06:58 EST-0500)
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January 8, 2013 9:59:58 AM

Newegg prices;
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Wired Standard Keyboard ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1478.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 06:59 EST-0500)
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January 8, 2013 1:22:56 PM

Thanks guys for the opinions. I'll scale the memory back and I did look at the Corsair 600T before...but I was perplexed at if it came with the fan mountable screen on the side or the window (or both?). It's a really nice looking case and I know Corsair has been top notch with cable management lately. People give rave reviews about their cases.

Edit: I see the 600T does come with both fan mesh and the window so I think I will change my case to this one :)  Really nice case.
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